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Blog Posts in April, 2015

  • Driver Fatigue and Car Accidents

    || 30-Apr-2015

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that drowsy driving “is a serious problem” that leads to thousands of auto accidents each year. While there are subjective and objective tools available to detect sleepiness, unlike alcohol-related accidents, there are no blood, breath, or other measurable tests available that can quantify sleep levels at a crash site. ...
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  • How to Get a Fiancé Visa

    || 29-Apr-2015

    Are you a U.S. citizen who wishes to bring a foreign national fiancé to the United States to get married, and live the rest of your days together? If your fiancé is living in another country, you shall begin by filing a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé. To petition for a fiancé visa, you must be able to prove that: You are a U.S. citizen. You plan to marry your ...
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  • Social Security is Important to Young People Too

    || 28-Apr-2015

    Social Security does more than provide benefits to disabled and retired workers, it helps America’s families too. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), by the end of 2013, over 3 million children under the age of 18 received an average monthly benefit of $534. If Social Security is meant for disabled or retired workers, then why are children receiving benefits before they ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for a DWI in Texas?

    || 27-Apr-2015

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. That said, law enforcement comes down heavily on those who are caught drinking and driving. If you were recently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), you should immediately reach out to a Plano DWI attorney from our firm to fight your ...
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  • Protecting Texas Workers from Heat Illness

    || 23-Apr-2015

    With the warm weather just around the corner, it is a good time to discuss the dangers of working in excessive heat. A lot of workers are not aware that if they work in dangerously hot conditions, that they could die from heat stroke. In many occupations, workers are required to work in hot, humid environments for extended periods of time. This is especially true for construction workers, roofers, ...
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  • Illegal Immigrant Uses Border Patrol Agent's Identity

    || 22-Apr-2015

    A 24-year-old Mexican national was recently apprehended by U.S. national security officials after they discovered that he assumed the identity of a fellow Border Patrol agent. In the immigrant’s possession was a Social Security card, driver’s license, and birth certificate in the name of the agent. O. Castaneda-Diaz was riding a bus bound for Houston when he was stopped at about 1 a.m. ...
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  • Will I Need a Special Medical Exam to Qualify for SSD Benefits?

    || 21-Apr-2015

    Once you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide that you need to have a special medical examination or take a certain test before it can determine if you qualify for benefits. When you apply for SSD benefits, the Disability Determination Services in Texas is the agency that reviews your disability claim. It is the state agency (in ...
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  • UCLA Recruit Arrested on a Charge of Evading Arrest

    || 20-Apr-2015

    S. Jamabo, a Plano West High School star football player, and perhaps the most sought-after college recruit in the United States was arrested on Saturday on a charge of evading arrest. Records show that he was speeding and ran through a stop sign before pulling his vehicle over. At around 7:20 p.m., Jamabo was driving a Ford pickup and got off State Highway 175 while driving at a high rate of ...
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  • Five Die in Fiery Ft. Worth Crash

    || 16-Apr-2015

    On early Sunday Morning, April 12, there were two accidents in Fort Worth involving seventeen people, five of which died. Among the fatalities were Good Samaritans who were trying to help. According to investigators, the accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 between Oakland Boulevard and Beach Street; the accident involved several vehicles, including an 18-wheeler. Officer ...
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  • 12 Immigration Activists Found Guilty in Arizona

    || 15-Apr-2015

    On Tuesday, an Arizona judge found 12 immigration activists guilty of public nuisance and obstructing a highway; they face a maximum penalty of four months in jail. The charges stem from a 2013 protest where they stopped buses carrying immigrants who were headed for the federal government’s fast-track immigration court: Operation Streamline. At first, each activist was charged with four to ...
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  • Social Security's Listing of Impairments

    || 14-Apr-2015

    If you are suffering from a disabling condition that has made it impossible for you to work and earn a living, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits under the Social Security Disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act). To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet ...
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  • High School Student Killed at House Party

    || 13-Apr-2015

    On Saturday night, a Mesquite High School sophomore was fatally shot at a house party. There was a large house party at a residence in the 2100 block of Catskill Drive in Mesquite. At around 10 p.m. a large fight broke out, and it ended with a young man being shot in the head. The house was located across the street from West Mesquite High School. When officers arrived at the scene, they found C. ...
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  • Woman Sues Dallas 911 After Boyfriend Shoots Her

    || 9-Apr-2015

    The recent case of R. Mayo sheds light on the shortcomings of Dallas 911. As a domestic violence victim, she did everything right; she called 911 for help before her boyfriend pulled a gun on her. After an hour passed since the first of five calls to 911 dispatchers, her boyfriend shot her, leaving her for dead. If the police had arrived promptly after her first call for help, the whole scene ...
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  • Texas Judge Denies Request to Lift Hold on Obama's Immigration Action

    || 8-Apr-2015

    Late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city bordering Mexico, denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to lift a temporary hold placed on President Obama’s executive action, which sought to protect nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. On Feb. 16, Judge Hanen granted a preliminary injunction at the request of 26 states, with Texas ...
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  • Appealing a Decision That You're Not Disabled

    || 7-Apr-2015

    If you have a disability that has made it impossible to engage in any meaningful work activities, then it is very important that you secure Social Security Disability benefits. It is common knowledge that not only can it take a while to get an SSD application approved, but if the paperwork is not presented correctly or filed in accordance with the Social Security Administration’s guidelines, ...
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  • Still No Arrests in Case of Father Killed In Front of Home

    || 6-Apr-2015

    It has been four months since a Dallas father was found dead in his own driveway, and still the police don’t have any suspects in the investigation. In hope of finding answers, the victim’s family is now offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help capture the killer. R. Castillo, was a married father of two young girls. His 15-year-old daughter said that she lost her best friend ...
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  • Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

    || 2-Apr-2015

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious public health concern in the United States, and each year TBIs are a major leading cause of death and serious disabilities. The CDC reports that in 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred as either an isolated case, or with other injuries. What is a traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain ...
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  • Dallas County Supports Obama's Deferred Action Plan

    || 1-Apr-2015

    As the great immigration debate has taken the nation by storm, in recent months all eyes have turned towards Texas since a federal judge in Brownsville blocked Obama’s immigration orders, saying that he had exceeded his executive authority. Now, Dallas County has stepped up, ensuring that its immigration views are known; Dallas County made it clear that it supports Obama’s immigration ...
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